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USS Gilliam (APA-57)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Oscar - Tango
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
Gilliam Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, date unknown. as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1850) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington CA.
Launched, 28 March 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 31 July 1944
Commissioned USS Gilliam (APA-57), 1 August 1944, CDR. Hans B. Olsen USNR in command
During WWII USS Gilliam was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B Knowles USN (17);
TransDiv Thirty-Four and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 18 November 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 5 April 1945
Lingayen Gulf landing, 11 to 12 January 1945
Following World War II USS Gilliam was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|3 to 27 September 1945
|19 to 23 October 1945
Decommissioned in 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, sunk by Test Able, 1 July 1946 at Bikini Atoll
USS Gilliam (APA-57) earned three battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
Speed 16.9 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 15 t.
Cargo Capacity 600 DWT
non-refrigerated 85,000 cu. ft.,
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 9,695 Bbls
Diesel 375 Bbls
two Westinghouse steam turbines
two Babcock & Wilcox D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
Ships Service Generators
two turbo-drive 250Kw, 450V A.C.
one turbo-drive 150Kw, 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
two propellers, 6,000shp
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||USS Gilliam (APA-57) underway, date and location unknown.
||Operation Crossroads prospective target ships and support ships at Pearl Harbor in a photo released, 27 February 1946.
Ships present from front to rear include:
USS Crittenden (APA-77),
USS Catron (APA-71),
USS Bracken (APA-64),
USS Burleson (APA-67),
USS Gilliam (APA-57),
USS Fallon (APA-81), one
USS Fillmore (APA-83),
USS Kochab (AKS-6),
USS Luna (AKS-7) and an unidentified tanker and liberty ship. Identifiable on the right are
USS LSM-203 and
USS LSM-465. Farther in the background are a floating drydock and a merchant ship hulk with unidentified fittings forward of the bridge.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-702126 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center
USS Gilliam (APA-57)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Olsen, Hans B. USNR||1 August 1944 - ?|
|02||CAPT. Williamson, Delbert Fred||1945 - 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 15 February 2013
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